Friday, May 29, 2009

Number 531

Clint Clobber's hectic day

DeWitt Clinton Clobber was a creation of animation director Gene Deitch for Terrytoons. Here's a 1957 model sheet Deitch did of the character.

"Clint Clobber's Day" is from Mighty Mouse Fun Club Magazine #5, 1958. It's funny, almost like a storyboard for an animated cartoon. Deitch, who relocated to Prague, Czechoslovakia in the late '50s, is considered a legend among animators. I find this artwork and style completely charming and evocative of that era of the 1950s when the cartoons were created.

Among his many other accomplishments Deitch had done a comic strip called Terr'ble Thompson for a short time in the '50s, then turned Terr'ble into the animated Tom Terrific, which I watched on the Captain Kangaroo TV show. Even in the late '50s I was too old to be watching a show which featured characters like Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Greenjeans. I just dug Tom and his dog, Mighty Manfred.

Deitch also has two sons, Kim and Simon, themselves legends amongst the comic community for their groundbreaking work in underground comix.


Karswell said...

Fun stuff Pappy... never heard of this one. Isn't there a Terr'ble Thompson collection coming out soon? Or maybe it's already out, I remember seeing something about it in Previews many moons ago.

Karswell said...

The Terr'ble Thompson book came out like 2 years ago, haha! much for "news!"

Pappy said...

Well, actually it was news to me, so thanks!

Jerry Beck said...

The artwork on this Clint clobber comic was drawn by animator Jim Tyer, a cartooning genius who drew many Terrytoon comics, Felix the Cat comic books and dozens of one-shot strips in mags like COO-COO and HA-HA COMICS.